Keep Kids Smiling With Little Bites! #LoveLittleBites #BackToSchool @Entenmanns #Ad

    It's been a crazy couple of weeks with all the hustle and bustle of going back to school. We have all been adjusting to the new schedule and I have been trying to keep up with my sons' and nephews' appetites when they get home from school in the afternoon. For some reason, they are always famished and complaining about how being at school all day really made them hungry.     Some of their favorite treats to enjoy are Entenmann’s Little Bites® snacks because they have the yummy taste that my boys love and are a good choice that parents like me also want, which keeps everyone smiling together. Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins are baked soft and moist, using real ingredients such as strawberries, blueberries and bananas, are perfectly pre-portioned and portable, and contain no high fructose corn syrup and zero grams of trans fat per serving.    With more than 10 varieties to choose from, like Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Party Cake, Fudge Brownies, Banana and more, there’s a Little … [Read more...]

Have A Happy School Year With Amazon! #HappySchoolYear @Amazon #Ad

        It is officially Back To School season in our household! This is the first full week of school here in New York City and, although it has been quite busy, we are all settling back into our regular routines after enjoying a wonderful summer as a family.     Usually I get all my sons' school shopping done earlier in the summer but this year we traveled a lot so I was scrambling to get everything at the last minute. Thank goodness that not only does Amazon offer everything you need for the school year, they also have those special things that will help all students to feel his/her best this year.    Since every new school year is also a new beginning, it's the perfect time for students to set new goals and it's our job as parents to set our kids up for success by making sure they have the tools and resources they need in order to be successful. Amazon had everything I needed to set both of my sons up for a Feliz Año … [Read more...]

Beat The Traffic This School Year! @ridejetson @BestBuy #Ad

   It's hard to believe that summer vacation is over and students are returning to school here in New York City. This year, I have an eleventh grader in high school and an eighth grader graduating from middle school. They are both wonderful young men and a great source of pride for me as their mom. My husband and I will be visiting college campuses this year with our older son and we want to support him in any way possible as he begins to look ahead to his future.    Some of our family friends had children whom they dropped off at college this year for the first time. It's unbelievable how large some of these campuses are and I often wonder how students are able to navigate their way to their classes on time. The Jetson Quest Electric Scooter gives students an easy way to get to and around campus. It is available at Best Buy and can handle any rider weighing up to 220.5 lbs.Here are some of its other impressive specs:Powerful 250W hub motor Helps … [Read more...]

Back To School Eating Done Right! #lunchboxx2018 #Ad

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com    When it comes to back to school tips, I always have a unique perspective since I am not only an educator, but I'm also a mom! Believe me, I know how overwhelming this time of the year can be when it comes to getting the kids ready for the new school year and making sure you purchase all of the school supplies that they need.     As a Working Mom who juggles a career and a family, meal planning during this time can be especially stressful because I just don't have the time to plan elaborate meals or go shopping for elaborate ingredients. So I've decided to get smart about how I'm going to prepare our family's meals and my sons' school lunches this back to school season. Thank goodness I have the help of 4 Lunchbox brands to help me keep my hungry family fed well! Here are some of my back to school meal planning tips: Prepare Big Meals To Last All Week:     My mother is Italian so we grew up eating bit Italian dinners when I was a … [Read more...]

Calling All My Oreo O’s Lovers! #BestCerealEver @ShopRiteStores #Ad

    I can hardly contain my excitement about new OREO O’s® CEREAL! First of all, we have been fans of the cookies since as far back as I can remember and, to think that we could now enjoy them in the form of a delicious breakfast cereal that tastes so good is a dream come true!     These chocolatey, crunchy O's will give you that nostalgic taste that you love from your childhood of rich creme coating and leave your bowl full of cookie flavored milk that will have you drinking every last drop. We love this tasty cereal because it can be enjoyed in so many ways.    So far my boys have enjoyed it as a back to school snack, they have shared it with their friends in the car during road trips, and they beg for it for breakfast and I don't even have to twist their arm to eat it in the morning before school. I think many of their classmates have started requesting that their parents pick it up while grocery shopping because I've seen it in the carts of other moms I know while shopping for … [Read more...]

Start Organizing For Back To School! #BTSReady @SchoolSpecialty @KidzVuz #Ad

    I can't believe that back to school is right around the corner!  Some states have already started the new school year but here in New York City we don't return until the beginning of September because school ended on June 28th.  Although we still have about a month left of summer vacation, it's never too early to begin organizing for the upcoming academic year.  As a parent and an educator, I have to prepare on both fronts to make sure my sons and my students start off the year on the right foot.    Every year, I depend on SchoolSpecialty.com to help me get all the materials that I need to launch a successful school year beyond just basic supplies like pencils and crayons.  It takes a lot more than just these traditional items to transform our home into a command center to coordinate and prepare for our daily routine once we all go back to school and work in September.    In our home, I have to be very strategic about how I set up our back to school command center because I … [Read more...]

Set The Tone For The 2016 School Year With Visionworks! #VisionWorks #Ad

    Starting the school year off on the right foot is always a very important part of the month of September for our family.  That includes making sure that the kids have all of the school supplies that they need as well as ensuring physicals are up to date along with new eyeglasses.  This is no easy feat since every single member of our family of four wears glasses and designer eyeglass frames can get pretty expensive.     Our boys both have their own fashion sense and color preferences so they put a lot of thought and time into choosing just the right frames that will express their individual styles.  Visionworks has the largest selection of kids' frames for Back to School with the bold and bright colors that have become all the rage this back to school season.   Here are some of the current trends that they have for kids:Fiery reds: A hue not for the shy, frames with pops of red are perfect for your fiery spirited child, who … [Read more...]

Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.    Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [Read more...]

Start The School Year Off Right! #PeanutsInsiders @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    We’re in the thick of back-to-school season, and we have the perfect Peanuts giveaway to add fun and color to school days—in fact, these items are so cute you’ll want to eat them up!     First is the Thermos-brand lunchbox kit featuring a giggly Snoopy and Woodstock, and containing two separate compartments for crushproof lunches. The colorful screen-printed graphics will brighten up your child’s lunchtime, and it features a comfortable, padded carrying handle. The lunchbox is 100% PVA free and well-insulated to keep lunch fresh!     Jealous that your child gets the cute Peanuts lunchtime companion? Then keep the next one for yourself: the Tervis-brand Peanuts 16-ounce wrap tumbler with lid, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. Double-walled insulation helps keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold longer.     The tumbler includes a plastic lid for safe traveling and to help prevent spills when on the go, and is made from … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Back To School Shopping! #FraudIQ @Chase @BrittneyCastro #Ad

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CHASE. The opinions and text are all mine.    We are down to the wire here in New York City when it comes to back to school shopping and preparing for school to resume next week.  I'm so grateful for online shopping because it allows me to purchase the majority of the kids' supplies from the convenience of home.  I'll also be shopping in-store this week for some of the items that I was unable to buy online.       Since I had my identity stolen a few years ago, I always worry about being a victim of fraud or having my financial information compromised.  CHASE's Financial Education Partner, Brittney Castro, has some great tips for how you can protect yourself and avoid fraud during busy shopping times like back to school.Some of Brittney Castro's smart shopping tips are:Shop at well-respected and trusted retailers both online and in-store. When shopping online only shop … [Read more...]